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January 13th, 2012
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Area School District received a clean audit from their financial auditor prior to Thursday night's regular board of directors meeting.
The board was presented with a 20-minute presentation from financial auditor James Alexander of Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro, P.C.
Alexander began the presentation detailing the district's independent auditors report.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Area School District welcomed newly appointed board member Bill Boylan during Thursday night's board of directors meeting.
District Magistrate Tony King administered the Oath of Office to Boylan and returning board member Shane Launer.
A recent ranking from SchoolDigger.com was a cause for concern during Tuesday night's Ridgway Area School District Board of Directors meeting.
"I was looking at the school rankings [Tuesday] based on the PSSA scores, which I know aren't necessarily an accurate portrayal, but I was a little disturbed and I think I know the reason why," said director Kathy Lampman. "We are ranked at 406 out of 683 and we had dropped 290 places from last year and that's just the difference between the two 11th grade classes."
Ridgway Area School District Superintendent Dr. Michael O'Brien discussed the impact of the Keystone Exams during Tuesday night's board of directors meeting.
The Keystone Exams are part of Pennsylvania's new system of high school graduation requirements and are designed to help school districts guide students toward meeting state standards by assessing their proficiency in Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Literature, English, Composition, Biology, Chemistry, U.S. History, World History, and Civics and Government.
The Ridgway Heritage Council is proud to lend its support with a $2,500 donation to the fundraising effort for restoring the Pennsylvania Railroad Station along North Broad Street, initiated with a $50,000 donation by Dennis Heindl, in partnership with Ridgway Borough.
ST. MARYS - The 2nd Annual Elk County Catholic Alumni Spirit Night is set for Friday evening. This year's event is being held in conjunction with the much-anticipated ECC versus St. Marys Area boys' basketball game.
The cross-town rivals will meet at ECC this year and event organizers are encouraging alums to sport their alma mater's colors of maroon and gold to cheer the Crusaders. The junior varsity game is set for 6 p.m., with the varsity matchup tipping off at 7:30 p.m.
On Monday afternoon, Elk County President Judge Richard Masson handed down a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole to Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, of St. Marys, who was found guilty of second-degree murder in the April 5-6, 1999 homicide of Irene Challingsworth, a 56-year-old St. Marys beautician.
Several family members of homicide victim Irene Challingsworth addressed Lawrence Donachy, found guilty of her homicide and sentenced to life in prison without parole, during his sentencing hearing held Monday afternoon at the Elk County Courthouse.
The first to speak was Challingsworth's daughter, Kelly Bauer of St. Marys, who also testified during the preliminary hearing and trial.
Bauer said Challingsworth was a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, daughter and much more to the people who cared about her.
Today is National Cut Your Energy Cost Awareness Day. With unseasonably warm temperatures heating up our winter, and the approaching backlash of this warmth, now is a perfect time to start cutting your energy cost.
Jay Burke from Burkes Ace Home Center is certified in heat loss and heat design. Burke said the three biggest problems with heat loss in the home are foundation problems, faulty or missing insulation, and drafts.
ST. MARYS â€“ The River 98.9 will once again be hosting the Second Annual Polar Sweet Express event sponsored by Ridgway BiLo and Northwest Savings Bank.
CAPSEA [Citizens Against Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse] Executive Director Billie Jo Weyant said the popular fundraising event is a one-stop shopping experience for all your Valentine's Day needs.
The event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Franklin Center in downtown St. Marys and will feature local vendors.